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Why Isn’t ACORN Vote Fraud A Criminal RICO?

Posted on October 3, 2009. Filed under: America | Tags: |

By Former US Attorney for Philadelphia David W. Marston

You don’t need to be John Gotti–or even Tony Soprano–to be prosecuted criminally as a racketeer. You could, instead, be the ACORN employee who gave 19-year-old Freddie Johnson dollar bills and cigarettes in exchange for signing 73 fraudulent voter registration cards in critical swing-state Ohio.

Indeed, beyond high-profile Mafia prosecutions, the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act–RICO–has been used against targets as disparate as the Key West Police Department, financier Michael Milken and the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club. The purpose of RICO is to focus on the criminal “enterprise,” not just individual criminals, to prosecute and eliminate criminal organizations with multi-state or national reach. On conviction, RICO criminal enterprises forfeit all of their assets, and individual defendants are subject to stiff prison sentences.

RICO cases need three key elements. Criminal charges can be brought against: (i) a “person,” who is part of an (ii) an “enterprise” which includes any legal entity (iii) which engages in a “pattern of racketeering activity” (defined as committing any 2 of 35 named crimes within a 10-year period). And yes, fraud is one of the crimes that can trigger RICO.

So let’s consider the enterprise called ACORN. A successor to the militant and now defunct Welfare Rights Organization, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now has engaged in an in-your-face 30-year effort to “organize the poor” and bring about “social change.”

Typical ACORN tactics: In 1995, 500 ACORN protesters yelling “Nuke Newt” and “We Want Newt!” overwhelmed hotel security at the Washington Hilton, where Gingrich was scheduled to speak; the Speaker’s speech was cancelled. On Capitol Hill, ACORN thugs shouting “CRA Has Got To Stay” and “Banks for Greed, Not for Need” muscled their way into control of a House Banking Committee hearing; they were finally removed by Capital Police. In Baltimore, ACORN activists dumped a huge pile of garbage in front of City Hall, and a busload of profanity-shouting protesters “demonstrated” outside Mayor Martin O’Malley’s home. [They] “scared the daylights out of my wife and kids,” O’Malley said.

Read more at the Stone Zone

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Posted on October 3, 2009. Filed under: America |

by Roger Stone

Media coverage of ACORN and that organization’s illegal activities in New York, California and elsewhere has largely ignored one of ACORN’s most successful projects; New York’s Working Families Party (WFP). 

Because of the unique nature of New York State election law, candidates are allowed to be endorsed and appear on the voting machine ballot as the candidate of multiple parties, winning the cumulative total of all votes cast for that candidate on multiple party lines.  Minor parties such as the Conservative, Liberal and Right to Life Party have played significant roles in New York politics.

The Working Families Party is not about working people or families and it isn’t really a party.  The WFP is a wholly owned subsidiary of ACORN.  Bertha Lewis co-chair of the Working Families Party is the Executive Director of New York ACORN.  New York ACORN leader, Steven Kest was the moving force in forming the party and WFP headquarters are located at the same address as ACORN’s national and New York office at 88 Third Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. 

WFP is essentially a money funnel which pays for an aggressive door to door canvas.  Largely funded by unions, the WFP is ACORN’s “political arm” in New York State.  Candidates supported by the Working Families Party and issues supported by ACORN are both advocated on the door steps of target voter homes as they share one major voter canvas. 

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Working Families Party Is Acorn

Posted on October 3, 2009. Filed under: Acorn |

By James V. Franco and Tom Caprood
The Record

TROY — A state Supreme Court judge threw out 33 absentee ballots in the Sept. 15 Working Families Party primary and found that “testimony and affidavits reveal significant election law violations that have compromised the rights of numerous voters and the integrity of the election process …”

Judge Michael Lynch, after hearing testimony from duped voters yesterday, in a nine-page, widely expected decision, also ruled that two ballots can be counted, which will not affect the outcome of any race in the City of Troy, and found that seven questionable applications did not have a corresponding ballot.

To read the decision click here.

The scandal began to unravel when 34 absentee ballots were returned to the county Board of Elections the day before the primary. Bob Mirch, the city Department of Public Works commissioner and majority leader on the county Legislature, hired and investigator who collected affidavits from voters — some of who stated they signed the application but never got a ballot while others claim they never even saw an application and that their signature was forged.

Read more in the Troy Record

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ACORN voting fraud in the news

Posted on October 3, 2009. Filed under: Acorn | Tags: |

Rick Moran
ACORN voting fraud is getting increased attention in two states today. First, in New York, “massive” voter fraud is connected to the Working Families Party – you guessed it – an ACORN front group.

Mike Roman at Big Government links to a piece in the Times-Union by Brendan Lyons who has the details:

Dozens of forged and fraudulent absentee ballots from people registered to vote on the Working Families Party line were filed in the Sept. 15 primary elections in Troy.Documents at the county Board of Elections show the fraudulent ballots were handled by or prepared on behalf of various elected officials and leaders and operatives for the Democratic and Working Families parties.

There may be as many as 50 absentee ballots that were forged, according to people close to the case. Countywide, there were 126 absentee ballots applied for on the Working Families Party line.

God knows how many fraudulent ballots there were which weren’t found.

Also, out west, Roman informs us of a case in Las Vegas involving a former ACORN field director who devised a unique incentive program for his voter registration workers; bring in 21 registrations, get a bonus.

Except – that sort of thing is illegal in Nevada, as Ashley Powers writing in the LA Times shows:

As the field director of ACORN’s Las Vegas office, he brainstormed a way to motivate meagerly paid canvassers: If they turned in 21 or more registration cards in a day, they were each given a $5 bonus.

“Hey, it’s Las Vegas,” Edwards testified Tuesday. “It’s blackjack.”

But Edwards’ “blackjack bonuses,” which he bragged about to other ACORN offices, broke the law, state prosecutors say. Nevada bars quotas or cash incentives in voter sign-up efforts: Officials fear they could lead to false registrations.

Read more at The American Thinker  Blog

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Obama’s French Lesson

Posted on October 3, 2009. Filed under: American people | Tags: , , |

By Charles Krauthammer

“President Obama, I support the Americans’ outstretched hand. But what did the international community gain from these offers of dialogue? Nothing.” — French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Sept. 24

WASHINGTON — When France chides you for appeasement, you know you’re scraping bottom. Just how low we’ve sunk was demonstrated by the Obama administration’s satisfaction when Russia’s president said of Iran, after meeting President Obama at the U.N., that “sanctions are seldom productive, but they are sometimes inevitable.”

You see? The Obama magic. Engagement works. Russia is on board. Except that, as The Washington Post inconveniently pointed out, President Dmitry Medvedev said the same thing a week earlier, and the real power in Russia, Vladimir Putin, had changed not at all in his opposition to additional sanctions. And just to make things clear, when Iran then brazenly test-fired offensive missiles, Russia reacted by declaring that this newest provocation did not warrant the imposition of tougher sanctions.

Read the rest By Charles Krauthammer

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Chasing Olympic Gold

Posted on October 3, 2009. Filed under: military | Tags: , , , , , |

Chasing Olympic Gold

By Oliver North

WASHINGTON — At the conclusion of the 1939 movie “Gone With the Wind,” Vivien Leigh, playing Scarlett O’Hara, defers decision on what to do about the major crisis in her life with this sentence: “After all, tomorrow is another day.” Unfortunately, the Obama White House seems to have adopted Scarlett’s decision-making process for the war in Afghanistan. Note to the O-Team: Kabul isn’t Tara — and Americans are dying while the commander in chief dithers.

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, a full month after Gen. Stanley McChrystal submitted his “assessment” of the situation in Afghanistan, Mr. Obama convened a three-hour meeting of his “national security team” in the White House Situation Room to “discuss next moves.” According to information subsequently provided by the White House press office, Gen. McChrystal “participated in the meeting” via an encrypted video link, and no decisions were made.

Less than 24 hours later, the commander in chief boarded Air Force One and headed — not to meet with his commander on the field of battle — to Copenhagen to meet with the International Olympic Committee.
His mission: persuade the IOC to select Chicago as the site for the 2016 Summer Games. Apparently, winning Olympic gold for Chicago is more important than winning a war.

Read More From Oliver North on Real Clear Politics

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Obama Eyes Economic Triage for Unemployed

Posted on October 3, 2009. Filed under: America | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Obama Eyes Economic Triage for Unemployed

The Obama administration has begun talks with congressional Democratic leaders on moves to extend health insurance subsidies, the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit and jobless benefits, congressional and administration officials told FOX News late Friday.

After another grim jobless report, President Obama is turning his attention to extending a lifeline to the unemployed and making the case that his health care plan would create jobs by making small business startups more affordable. 

The Obama administration has begun talks with congressional Democratic leaders on moves to extend health insurance subsidies, the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit and jobless benefits, congressional and administration officials told FOX News late Friday.

Meanwhile, in his weekly radio and Internet video address Saturday, the president linked one of his biggest challenges — joblessness — with passage of far-reaching changes to the nation’s health care system.

The economic moves were recently pulled together by White House economic advisers as an act of economic triage aimed at millions of chronically unemployed Americans. The White House is loathe to call this emerging package a second economic stimulus.

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How Did Kerry Try To Thwart DeMint’s Honduras Trip — And How Did DeMint Foil Him?

Posted on October 3, 2009. Filed under: America | Tags: , , , , , , |

So what exactly is the deal with Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) trip to Honduras — which is being done in an effort to support the recent military coup, contrary to current U.S. foreign policy — and the failed effort by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) to stop it?

Frederick Jones, communications director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a Kerry spokesman, explained the distinction to us: Kerry was not blocking DeMint from going to Honduras — any American can legally travel there — but the issue was over government funding and plane travel for an official fact-finding mission. “Clearly, as an American citizen, Sen. DeMint is free to travel to Honduras commercially.”

Kerry, as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, blocked DeMint’s funding because DeMint has been holding up key nominations for foreign policy officials in Latin America — thus obstructing the committee’s business and the U.S. government overall in working on the region. In response, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stepped in and obtained the funding for DeMint from another source, which has not yet been identified.

Calls to the DeMint and McConnell offices were not returned. Jones’ statement, firing back at DeMint for blocking the nominations, is available after the jump.

Read more at TPM

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Obama’s Self-Worship

Posted on October 3, 2009. Filed under: America | Tags: , , , , |

The hubris is staggering.

By Mona Charen

President Obama’s speech to the U.N. has been called naïve and even “post-American.” It was something else as well: the most extravagant excursion into self-worship we have yet seen in an American leader.

Beware of politicians who claim to be “humbled by the responsibility the American people have placed upon me.” It’s a neon sign flashing the opposite. And sure enough, in almost the next sentence, the president allowed that “I am well aware of the expectations that accompany my presidency around the world.” Really? The whole world pulses with hope and expectation because Obama is president? People in Amsterdam, São Paulo, and Taipei have a spring in their step because an Illinois Democrat won the White House? Well, yes, he says, but it’s not “about me,” rather it’s a reflection of dissatisfaction with the “status quo that has allowed us to be increasingly defined by our differences and outpaced by our problems.” Oh yes, and everyone around the world was electrified by Obama’s campaign slogan because these expectations “are also rooted in hope. The hope that real change is possible and the hope that America will be a leader in bringing about such change.”

Obama is, we are told, the smartest man to sit in the Oval Office in many a year. And yet he is capable of truly flabbergasting fatuities like this: “In this hall, we come from many places, but we share a common future.” You don’t say? That’s right up there with Warren Harding’s declaration that “the future lies before us.” Obama announced that we no longer “have the luxury of indulging our differences to the exclusion of the work that we must do together. I have carried this message from London to Ankara, from Port of Spain to Moscow, from Accra to Cairo, and it is what I will speak about today.” Note the personal pronoun. But what message has this evangelist carried to all these world capitals? That hope and change have been vouchsafed to the fallen world in the person of Barack Obama?

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